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Windows fertilizes!

Luzern
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Windows fertilizes!

I could have titled the thread differently, but I'm a gentleman! Every evening my name is in lights!Grin

A few weeks back I'd noticed that several files and folders had duplicates, which I had not knowingly created. Having time just now, I used a duplicate finder, and shockingly there is a plethora of duplicates upwards on exactly the same paths.

It seems that Windows has included a muck spreader in my computer, but is there another explanation?

ideas, why the dups have arisen?

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
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VileReynard
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Re: Windows fertilizes!

Have you checked whether you have many files in /tmp or /temp or similar? Cheesy

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Re: Windows fertilizes!

Where are these files located? Windows often uses symbolic links to files and some duplicate finders aren't smart enough to realise that!
I must have been really bad in a previous life as this was my 3rd ISP in a row that used lithium.
Now you're stuck with me because my new ISP doesn't run a forum Cheesy
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Re: Windows fertilizes!

Quick access and one drive sometimes add duplicate folders Sad

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Luzern
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Re: Windows fertilizes!

Files were ordinary pics and docs, and as said were together in expected locations.

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
Luzern
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I'll have to neuter QA and OD then! if they're such a breeding nuisance!Ticked off

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
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Re: Windows fertilizes!

Luzern
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Re: Windows fertilizes!

@Oldjim I don't think so, as vast majority look likefertiliize.gif

 

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
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Re: Windows fertilizes!

I am probably missiing something here but they are two different file names

What is creating files every month

Luzern
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Re: Windows fertilizes!

No, you're not missing anything, but there are others which are perfectly identical. It's tired old eye syndrome that struck.

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Re: Windows fertilizes!

Simple check - change the name of one of the files and see if the other half of the pair changes too.

If so  @Browni  is right with the Symbolic Links.

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Re: Windows fertilizes!

Or more likely you get a broken symbolic link - you need to hope that you have a hard-link.

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Re: Windows fertilizes!


Champnet wrote:

Simple check - change the name of one of the files and see if the other half of the pair changes too.

If so  @Browni  is right with the Symbolic Links.


I altered the original one of a pair by addition of a capital letter to the main body. The "duplicate" remains unchanged. Probably a useless move but I also did a restart after the name change.

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VileReynard
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I thought Windows files are not case-sensitive or is that JUST DOS?  Grin

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Re: Windows fertilizes!

Its not, but Windows Server 2008+ has the option to enable this for NFS mounts.